May 18, 2013 Subject:
Place your napkin QUIETLY in your lap, *Avoid* fancy flourishes which can be so unecessarily distracting!! Haghaaaa!!!
Reviewer:Suzi H -
September 14, 2008 Subject:
It's great to see '50s teens going about their day, and in colour! I don't actually think i've seen anything like it before, only actors. Pity it was so short though, I'd love to see more footage.
September 25, 2006 Subject:
A Period Piece
Be yourself? Not with so many rules! Also, manners should be basically instilled when you are young-not by the time you reach high school. A great deal has changed since 1953, and a lot of the formality has been thrown out. The film is now fun to watch as a period piece.
March 3, 2004 Subject:
As Others See Us
An immensely archaic look at etiquette, with the advice being divided between common sense and frankly bizzare guidance, with a thread of misogny running right through. The 'work of art' comment is a classic...
This 50s manners film for high-schoolers gives us lots of garishly-colored scenes of 50s high school life, such as jostling through the halls, eating lunch (check out the selections and prices on the menu board!), and, yes, the prom. If you went to high school during the 50s, this should trigger flashbacks and nightmares; for all others, it's a real hoot. Unfortunately, only about four minutes of the film have been preservedÃÂÃÂit leaves us hanging right after showing us how to eat a strange salad of a Cool-Whip-filled avocado wedge. Too badÃÂÃÂthis is ripe stuff.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ****.
Oh man oh man... Where to begin?
It seems that the Children of the Stepford wives are going to high school now, all behaving in the same way, dressing the same way.. and conforming to society the same way.. Ultra scary directions are given to the naive teen about how to eat, how to date, and yes, how to order food in the school cafeteria (Where IS Mr. Bungles when you need him?)
Pay close attention to what to do when you break something, "Apologize, offer to pay for it, then immediately drop the subject". Like the issue of broken restaraunt glasses isn't of importance to the 1950's teen set. Whooo-wee!
Discusses manners for young people mentioning etiquette at formal and informal teenage gatherings, and eating manners at home and school.
Ken Smith sez: This is a "manners" film, starring the students of Webster Groves (Missouri) High School. The slow speed of this film's color stock required intense lighting, which makes the kids look like walking corpses. The condescending narrator talks to the teens, explaining that the purpose of this film is to spare its viewers "the embarrassment of doing the wrong thing." Slow moving, typical in content.
Discusses manners for young people, pointing out that good manners are based on consideration for others, and common sense. Illustrates correct etiquette for teenagers for formal an informal gatherings, when eating in the school cafeteria, and when making and receiving an introduction. Includes hints on table setting and table manners.
Fade in on CU chiffon prom gowns and feet of dancers. CU prom couple dancing (he in tux, she in white gown). MS high school prom couples on crowded dance floor. CU faces of couples dancing. CU couples dancing. MS couples on crowded dance floor.
MS dining room table set with floral centerpiece, window with fiberglass curtains behind. Middle-aged man and woman enter and he holds her chair for her. 2 children enter and little boy holds chair for little girl. Man and boy sit down also. They all bow heads and say grace.
LS dissolve to high school children on school staircase. CU same. MS same. CU same.
Dissolve to LS high school students in cafeteria line (2 shots)
Dissolve to CU cafeteria menu
Dissolve to line of high school students selecting food from cafeteria counter.
Dissolve to MS high school student searching pockets for money to pay cafeteria cashier (2 shots)
Dissolve to CU cafeteria table with 4 trays of food, napkin dispenser - hands eating
Dissolve to CU of hamburger on plate, napkin, and cup of coffee
Dissolve to CU of place setting of food with milk, bread, and butter
Dissolve to CU formal placesetting with woman seated. She puts napkin in her lap.
Dissolve to CU same place setting. Shrimp cocktail appears on plate in stemmed bowl. Woman's hands pick up cocktail fork and spear a shrimp. Dissolve to same place-setting with bowl of soup. Woman's hand picks up soup spoon and dips it into soup. Dissolve to CU salad plate, woman's hand picks up salad fork and sticks it into avocado. Dissolve to place-setting of entree with vegetables. Woman's hands pick up knife and fork and cut veal cutlet.
CU woman eating dinner with knife and fork. She places knife at the top of the dinner plate, lays down fork and breaks off piece of bread from bread and butter plate and butters it.
Dissolve to CU dinner plate with little food left on it. Hand spears some broccoli then lays knife and fork parallel.
CU woman from neck down at table eating desert and coffee. She pours cream into coffee from silver creamer. She drinks coffee.
LS 2 teenagers standing before burning fire in fireplace. Girl exits left and boy puts record on phonograph. Girl and another couple enter from left. Introductions are made.
Dissolve to 2 couples entering restaurant (veranda with tables). Head waiter seats women, hands out menus, and leaves.
Dissolve to young woman at dressing table mirror applying lipstick and brushing hair.
Dissolve to Black busboy serving water to 2 couples at restaurant table.
CU table set with centerpiece and menus at each place. Young woman's hands pick up menu.
MS black waiter takes food orders from 2 young couples seated at restaurant table.
CU young woman rights spilled water glass on tablecloth. Black waiter's hand wipes up spilled water and ice.
Dissolve to MS living room. Man in armchair reads newspaper. Young woman in yellow prom gown answers door for young man in tuxedo and coat who enters. She introduces him to father who rises from chair to shake hands. Young man takes young woman's coat and they walk to door.
CU young man helps young woman put on coat. Then opens door for her.
Dissolve to MS young man in overcoat opens door of car for young woman in long coat who gets in.
MS middle aged woman serves punch to teenagers in tuxes and prom gowns. CU woman serving punch from crystal bowl.
MCU young man in tux serves punch to seated young woman in prom gown. He sits beside her.
Young men in tuxedoes stand near door through which young woman in prom gown enters and is escorted down short flight of stairs by one of the young men.
CU teenagers at prom.
TEENAGERS ADOLESCENTS CHILDREN FAMILIES BOYS GIRLS DANCES HIGH SCHOOLS CORRIDORS HOMES HOUSES INTERIORS ETIQUETTE MANNERS SOCIAL GUIDANCE BEHAVIOR PROMS FORMAL DRESS CLOTHING RESTAURANTS WAITERS FOOD PLATES LUNCHROOMS AUTOMOBILES DATING PARENTS FIREPLACES LIVING ROOMS NUTRITION HUMOR MISSOURI WEBSTER GROVES UPPER MIDDLE CLASS AFFLUENCE EMBARRASSMENT ANXIETY WATER GLASSES SPILLS ELBOWS POINT OF VIEW EATING